We are The University of Iowa Chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS).
MAPS is an academic support group that motivates, encourages, and prepares pre-health students to become competitive health profession applicants in a field that is increasingly becoming more culturally diverse. We strive to provide the moral support and the resources needed to guide underrepresented students throughout the challenges of the pre-health undergrad program at Iowa. We provide the necessary tools to help students become familiar with the a variety of health care fields and ultimately give them a taste of what it feels like to be a full fledged professional school student. This will be accomplished by better preparing pre-health students who may be from an underrepresented minority group, a medically underserved area, and/or students from a disadvantaged background.
We are also fortunate to have strong ties with the UI Carver College of Medicine faculty and students who are committed to supporting underrepresented, undergraduate minority students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, public health, or pharmacy. The organization is meant to help students stay motivated and focused throughout their studies, as well as, offer opportunities for students to gain the experiences necessary to become competitive professional school applicants.